The Forgotten Angels

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When Robert Roydall Reese was 14 years old, his mother gave up and kicked him out. He was, she said, uncontrollable, too much like his father—too black. Robert's father is named John Roydall Reese. He is from West Virginia. That is all Robert knows about him. That is all he knows about the man that made him too black.

Throughout the Philippines, there are tens of thousands of children who are like Robert, and tens of thousands more who are too white. They are called multo, or ghost, if they are light-skinned, and kulot, or curly-haired, if they are dark. A nickname...